Sandra came to us with pregnancy and miscarriage issues.
“After already falling pregnant naturally in 2011, by 2016, I had slightly low AMH and had been trying to become pregnant for over 2y ears with no success. After my consultation with Prof Au and Prof Li, I came away with some herbs, and to my delight, fell pregnant exactly 1 month after! Unfortunately, this resulted in a miscarriage at around 6–7 weeks but I was so happy to at least fall pregnant, I went back for another consultation.
After this, Prof Au and Prof Li told me I needed to build my strength for 3–4 weeks and then try for a baby again. I did as instructed and to take the herbs given to me. I was surprised that I started to feel great on the herbs — like my younger self before I had my first child in 2011! I even began to like the foods I used to like before my first pregnancy and people told me I was looking younger and fresher! After 3–4 months I then went back and Prof Au and Prof Li told me I was now ready to try for a baby again so was given the herbs and again, exactly as planned, I fell pregnant! I was given some herbs to ‘keep’ the baby and I am now pleased to report I am now 23 weeks pregnant! The pregnancy has been fine, all scans have gone well and baby is doing well.
I will certainly be returning to Prof Au and Prof Li for when we are ready to have our third baby. Thank you to Prof Au and Prof Li!”
Mrs Clark had 5 miscarriages prior to her visit to our clinic. Her husband wrote to us.
“Apologies for the delay in getting back to you following my last course of herbs in Jan. I am still awaiting the results of the semen analysis but we recently confirmed that my wife is pregnant — 8 weeks.
We had our first scan today and all appears well so far. She is seeing an acupuncturist experienced in pregnancy and we have a good support network now to help us.
Please do let the doctor know and pass on our deepest thanks to him, and to all of you for your help in this. It is a truly life-changing experience and we are deeply grateful for all of your assistance.
Thanks again, should we want assistance at some point again in the future, I will know where to come.”
Mrs Lombardelli had been receiving treatment for about 4 months.
“I left for Asia in November with a big bag of your herbs in my suitcase and was due to come back to see you some time in January to continue treatment.
I’d like to tell you that events overtook us and in early January, my husband and I were surprised and delighted to discover I was pregnant. I am now 20 weeks and can barely believe our luck after 5 miscarriages.
Please pass on my best wishes and grateful thanks too for all your support and fantastic herbs.”
A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy during the first 23 weeks. The main sign is vaginal bleeding, which may be followed by cramping and pain in your lower abdomen.
Miscarriages are much more common than most people realise. It is estimated 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage. Many more occur before a woman is even aware she is pregnant. About 1% of couples will experience recurrent miscarriage.
While there are many possible causes of miscarriage, no definitive cause can be identified in any particular instance of miscarriage. The main causes are thought to be:
Women with very irregular periods may find it harder to conceive, and when they do, are more likely to miscarry.
In about half of all early miscarriages, the baby does not develop normally right from the start and cannot survive.
Problems in the blood vessels that supply the placenta can lead to miscarriage, especially if the blood clots more than it should.
Minor infections like coughs and colds are not harmful, but a very high temperature and some illnesses or infections, such as German measles, may cause miscarriage.
A weak cervix may open as the uterus becomes heavier in later pregnancy. An irregularly shaped uterus may not have enough room for a baby to grow. Large fibroids (harmless growths in the uterus) may also cause miscarriage later in pregnancy.
Moreover, if a miscarriage happens during the second trimester (between weeks 14 and 26), it’s sometimes the result of an underlying health condition in the mother.
A number of miscarriage tests are available, which include chromosome analysis, blood clot analysis and NK killer cells. These tests tend to be on the expensive side (£300–600). If you are considering these, we would be able to discuss and organise them with you.
Conventional medicine believes that the majority of miscarriages can’t be prevented. The focus is on advising lifestyle changes in an attempt to reduce chance of future miscarriages.
As chromosome problems are the leading cause of miscarriage, and half of a developing baby’s chromosomes come from the mother, and the half from the father, at TCM Healthcare, we focus our efforts in improving egg and sperm quality.
Two things are certain:
Chromosomal abnormalities in eggs increase significantly with ageing
Poor egg quality is often related to chromosomal abnormalities (aneuploidy)
Hormonal imbalance can also be the underlying reason for poor quality eggs. Imbalance of hormones means the egg maturation process is given the wrong signals throughout or in part of its maturation process leading to poor egg quality, failed fertilisation or early miscarriages.
Since women who have irregular periods are more likely to miscarry, our focus here is to induce a more balanced hormonal system, which in turn will ensure more regular periods.
Research over the past decade suggests that some cases of recurrent miscarriages seem to involve the father having a high incidence of abnormal chromosomes in his sperm. There is no precise estimate for how frequently sperm is a factor, but DNA fragmentation or chromosome problems in sperm are regarded as potential causes of repeat losses, especially in men whose sperm show abnormal morphology or other markers of low fertility.
Patients bring us their most recent hormone test, sperm test or DNA Fragmentation test results (less than 3 months old). We do an hour-long first consultation, in which we do non-invasive and pain-free Chinese medical diagnostic procedures, in order to understand your particular condition and circumstances thoroughly.
Our specialist prescribes a unique herbal formula, usually consisting of around 20 kinds of herbs, from which you will make drinks and consume twice a day for 18 –24 days in a month.
A month after the first consultation, you will be done with the first round of herbal remedy. We do a second consultation, lasting 30 minutes, doing another diagnostic procedure to see how well you’ve responded to the treatment. Another prescription will be written.
This monthly cycle will repeat 3 or 4 times before you are asked to have another hormone or sperm test carried out. Most patients see significant improvements. They then pursue a number of options, whether that’s working with us for a few more months to try to achieve pregnancy, or combining our treatment with another IVF cycle.
The fees come to about £350–400 a month, all inclusive.
Once a month. Most patients come from 3 to 9 months. Some combine our treatment with further IVF cycles.
A traditional Chinese medical consultation involves the following steps.
The practitioner may scrutinise your complexion, eyes, tongue, and movements to gain insight into how your organs are functioning. The tongue is a particularly important source of information, and its colour, body, coating, and moisture will all be taken into account.
The practitioner assesses the patient’s energy and general condition by taking into account your body heat, odour, skin sensitivity, and uses other senses to gain an insight into the your condition.
To gain a full picture, the practitioner will ask detailed questions about your complaint and your medical history. They will want to find out whether your problems vary at all according to the time of year and your diet, feelings or emotions.
This can provide a highly sensitive and detailed picture of your general health. The practitioner will take a number of different ‘pulses’ on three fingers of each hand. This enables him to gain further information about the quality and functioning of the five major organs. The practitioner will take account of your general health and strength, as well as all of your symptoms, whether they seem to you to be connected or not. This will be the basis for deciding on the best treatment.
Monthly consultations are required to gauge your progress. The prescriptions will be devised accordingly — for treating a changing condition, a fixed single herb or formula is unlikely to be effective over time.
Patients want to know how long they need to see us for. We say after 3 months of treatment, we will review progress, retesting hormones and check subjective experience, such as period cycle regularity and sexual interest. If they are at normal levels, we discharge the patients.
If they are better but still need further improvement, patients may need second course of treatment at the same or less intensity.
Typically, women see us for 3 courses of treatment, ie 9 months total.
The point is we the way we treat patients means they should not rely on our treatment for too long. Their improved health and function should stay with them if they look after their health.